Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On the End of Systematic Theology

After finishing the first volume of Robert Jenson's systematics, The Triune God, my brother Garrett commented that, though there was much he didn't understand, and, moreover, little of what he read was "practical" or "applicable" in common ministerial terms, he was nevertheless moved profoundly to worship. The upshot, in other words, of Jenson's book was neither final epistemic arrival, nor immediate pastoral application, nor obvious use in ordinary ecclesial contexts. Rather, the vision of the triune God portrayed in the text proved so compelling, so true, so beautiful, that the only response that seemed fitting was sheer praise and exultation, face down before the infinite glory of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The end of systematic theology as doxology.

Sounds right to me.

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